We lost our Mom on July 19, 2017. It wasn't addiction directly but addiction and mental illness plagued her most of her life. She was a beautiful, bright, very talented woman (her drawings and poetry could sweep you away) who loved shoes like no ones business, loved the color red (it was everywhere and anywhere), and who loved deeply. At different parts of her life, alcohol, prescription pills, and cigarettes stole her joy and ultimately led to her leaving us too soon. We will miss her warm smile and gentle touch. We try to rest knowing she is at peace, with no more pain, in Heaven. She is now able to love the way she always wanted to. God has called her home.